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Older Adult Recovery


Origins Behavioral Healthcare: Older Adult Recovery
Origins Behavioral Healthcare: Older Adult Recovery


In 1998, our Florida facility became a renowned pioneer and leader in age-specific addiction treatment when it opened the first-ever Center for Older Adult Recovery. Today, Hanley Center at Origins offers senior addiction treatment for men and women aged 65 and older.

Hanley Center at Origins promotes a transition from substance use disorder to enhanced mental, physical, and spiritual health—at any age and stage of life. Whether you have been dealing with addiction for many years or a recent life event has set off a cycle of substance use, we provide the clinically excellent, holistic, and individualized care you need to find lifelong recovery.

Misconceptions About Older Adult Addiction Are Prevalent

Messages in the media about saying “no” to substances and getting help for addiction are often geared toward younger patients. Although it is certainly important to teach people about the dangers of addiction from a young age, the number of older adults who struggle with alcohol or other drug use disorders is statistically significant and warrants equal attention. Moreover, while two-thirds of older patients experience early-onset addiction, one-third of older adults suffer from late-onset addiction. Significant life changes, such as the loss of a loved one, a sudden illness, or relationship problems, can send a person spiraling into maladaptive behaviors and substance use disorders.

The reality is that, at any age, the difference between active addiction and treatment can be loss of life. Throughout our rehab for older adults, we want you to feel that the rest of your life is always worth living. We provide you or your loved one with an evolving rehab for seniors care plan that integrates medical, wellness, spiritual, psychological, and psychiatric therapies provided by a highly credentialed, multidisciplinary team.

During treatment at our Center for Older Adult Recovery in West Palm Beach, Florida, you can begin to regain health, enhance cognition and mobility, and rebuild relationships. Combined with participation in 12-Step practice, you will receive a design for living that can restore freedom and peace to your life.

Elements of Age-Specific Recovery

Building a supportive community is an essential part of successful senior addiction treatment. You need people around you who understand your journey and are similarly focused on achieving long-term sobriety. Forming these supportive bonds is certainly easier among people with similar life experiences, outlooks, and interests to your own. This is why age-specific treatment is at the heart of our treatment strategy at our senior alcohol rehab centers. We want you to feel comfortable and welcomed among a community of your peers. What’s more, our treatment programs are tailored to address every generation’s shared values and experiences. Each Origins’ professional team member provides compassionate care that accounts for your past, present, and future.

Older Adult Services

Our Safe, Effective Addiction and Alcohol Rehab for Seniors Includes:

Detox is the first step in treatment for active addiction. It rids your body of alcohol and other drugs that linger in your brain and bloodstream, causing cravings and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification is the process of medically stabilizing the body as the brain relearns how to function without the substance. Our detox program, supervised by healthcare professionals, ensures that you are kept medically safe and comfortable while you begin to heal at our senior rehab facility.
Treating addiction requires a multifaceted approach that can address the many ways in which substance use affects each person. When you enter our rehab for seniors’ treatment program at Origins, our team works closely with you to determine the appropriate level of care in every area of your life and your health. Our treatment model ensures you receive what you need to heal holistically, and our team includes professionals who specialize in the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of addiction treatment.
Origins’ staff is highly credentialed, with many years of experience in addiction treatment. Our dedicated medical team is no exception. Our doctors and nurses are available to ensure your physical health is managed as you recover from alcohol and other drug abuse and in terms of any outlying medical conditions you may have. Our psychiatric team provides professional evaluations and treatment sessions during your stay in our programs.
We provide in-house specialty medical care for a range of comorbid medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, and more. If you need external medical attention at any point, Hanley at Origins is conveniently located adjacent to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. St. Mary’s offers a complete range of medical specialties, including critical care, surgery, physical therapy, and cardiology.
Substance use disorders can be closely linked to chronic pain when an individual self-medicates or becomes dependent on prescription medications. It can, therefore, be difficult to treat chronic pain alongside addiction, and it requires careful evaluation and a specialized plan to ensure that all pain management is safe and effective. Our expert staff has worked successfully with many patients to create short- and long-term tactics to manage chronic pain alongside a substance use disorder.
Peer group therapy is a place where patients can address underlying issues, foster support, and offer inspiration. Group therapy is a core component of our rehab for seniors addiction treatment program. It allows you or your loved one to feel a human connection, share experiences, and gain new insights into yourself and your unique journey. At Origins, we strive to create a close-knit community of peers within our therapy groups so that you feel safe, welcomed, and comfortable. Our age-specific treatment allows you to meet and interact with people coming from similar generational viewpoints who can best relate to your views and priorities.
Staying in good physical health during and after treatment provides multiple benefits for men and women who are managing addiction. Physical and mental health go hand in hand. Studies show that proper nutrition and regular exercise can improve confidence and happiness and relieve symptoms of mental health disorders. In addition, forming healthy habits like these can replace harmful patterns of substance use.
During recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders, our spiritual care team assists patients and families with addressing their spiritual needs. The search for meaning, hope for healing relationships, dealing with grief and loss, or a desire to increase self-worth and feel supported can all be part of these needs.
Just as individuals suffer from substance use disorders, so do their families. Family members may experience physical and emotional symptoms similar to those of the addicted person. Family members of those attending our alcohol and addiction rehab for seniors can benefit significantly from the education and support offered in Origins’ Family Program.

Offering Age-Specific Treatment for Older Adults at Hanley Center in Florida

If you or a loved one needs professional help, please feel free to contact us at any time to receive more information. We answer the phones 24 hours a day at 561-841-1296 and are standing by to answer any questions you may have about our senior addiction treatment program.

Articles on Older Adults and Addiction

A Perfect Storm: Aging, Drugs, and Chronic Pain – Chronic pain requires specialized attention without which quality of life is affected, often resulting in depression, isolation, or substance abuse.

The Wall Street Journal: Fears Rise of Medication Misuse by the Elderly – With the Senior Population Growing, Experts on Addiction and Geriatric Care Raise the Alarm

The New York Times: New Generation Gap as Older Addicts Seek Help – Across the country, substance abuse centers are reaching out to older addicts whose numbers are growing and who have historically been ignored.

The New York Times: More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance Abuse – An estimated 2.8 million older adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, and this number is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to a study in the journal “Addiction.”

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If you or someone you love has a substance use or mental health disorder, Origins Behavioral HealthCare can help. We will work alongside you to provide the most comprehensive treatment available.